Citrus is one of the most important fruit crops in the world, and they are particularly susceptible to postharvest damage before they reach the market for fresh consumption after storage. Green mold caused by Penicillium digitatum is considered to be the main postharvest pathogen of citrus fruit with up to 60–80% decay under suitable environment conditions.

Fungicides such as imazalil, thiabendazole, prochloraz, and their mixtures have curative action, controlling pre-existing and subsequent infections. Unfortunately, fungicide-resistant P. digitatum strains have been widely detected in the field after long-term intensive application of fungicides.

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Emanuela Fontana